Cheswardine Castle Ditches

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Other/Unknown)

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameCheswardine Castle Ditches
Alternative NamesCastle Ditches
Historic CountryShropshire
Modern AuthorityShropshire
1974 AuthorityShropshire
Civil ParishCheswardine

Sited on a level area of ground in undulating country. Rectangular moated site much mutilated of which only the island survives relatively intact. This measures c35m square and is raised c 1m above the surrounding ground level. It is difficult to detect any possible building platforms due to the dense undergrowth. Much of the moat ditch has been destroyed or mutilated due to marl or gravel digging...(Watson 1981)

Gatehouse Comments

Site deliberately levelled in 1984. 1km E of village, unlikely castle site, probably with grandiose name or having tenurial link with Cheswardine Castle. Jackson recorded a mound here but there may be some mix up with another site as his site dimension do not match those of Watson.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSJ730297
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  • Duckers, Peter and Anne, 2006, Castles of Shropshire (Stroud: Tempus) p. 58
  • Jackson, M.J.,1988, Castles of Shropshire (Shrewsbury: Shropshire Libraries) p. 18


  • Watson, M.D., 1987, 'Gazetteer of Moated Sites in Shropshire' Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society Vol. 65 p. 4
  • 1980, Moated Sites Research Group report Vol. 7 p. 48, 50


  • Watson, M.D.,1981, Site Visit Form, 21/01/1981